You ask an interesting question. We know from research that increased activity is actually good for osteoarthrtis of the knee. We encourage those with OA of the knee to begin a low impcat exercise routine, such as walking, for at least 30 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week. Another important factor is that people with OA of the knees should maintain a healthy wieght. The more overwieght a person is, the more stress put on the knees. If the stairs in your house are a source of apin, or if your wife feels unsafe on the stairs, please factor that into your decision. The stairs may hurt but will not harm the knee joint. A refferal to physical therapy for quad strenthening and gait training may be helpful.
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